April 14, 2007, 10:31 PM
I've heard from several people that you can scrap useless or worn out brass for decent money. I have also heard that you can sell spent primers for scrap too. Is there any truth to this? If there is, how much is scrap case brass worth?

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April 14, 2007, 11:29 PM
Both cartridge brass and rifle and pistol primers are valuable as scrap brass. The last load I took to the recycler got me $1.64 a pound, but the price fluctuates with the metals market. You may get more, or less, depending on the market at the time you take it in. Shotgun primers are made of steel, and are only worth about .05 cents a pound, the last time I checked.

Some scrap dealers try to tell you there is no value for cartridge brass, which is classified as yellow brass, and will offer to take it off your hands for a few cents a pound. If this happens, take it somewhere else, where the dealer is reputable. If you wouldn't buy a used car from the guy, then don't sell him your brass................

Hope this helps.


April 14, 2007, 11:51 PM
Of the two places I deal with for turning in scrap last month one was paying $1.40 a pound the other was paying 60. cents a pound. The one paying .60 cents a pound claimed it was going over seas so would have to be demilled further before being shipped. There may be some truth to that but not 80.cents a pound. Call around to different dealers for the best price.

On a side note, when I turned in the brass at the small local dealer I got to see the bin that it was being dumped into, it was full of reloadable 308 brass.
When I asked if I could buy some the answer was only if I were a foundery:banghead: they did not want to be in the liablity loop if they were going to be reloaded.

Smokey Joe
April 15, 2007, 06:50 AM
Some scrap dealers try to tell you there is no value for cartridge brass, which is classified as yellow brassHave a bud who was a mgr in the scrap business for many years. He tells me that for scrap, there is yellow brass and red brass, 2 different categories based on the copper content of the brass.

Red brass has more copper, therefore it is more valuable. Yellow brass (including cartridge brass) has a lower copper content. OK, that makes sense.

But NO value??? That's simply a lie. It's like a sleazy used car dealer offering you $20 for your old car--they're hoping to BS you into just giving them the brass to get rid of it.

It's called "taking advantage of the uninformed." It's done all the time in various businesses. It's also, to call a spade a spade, just plain dishonest.

highlander 5
April 15, 2007, 08:50 AM
About 2 years ago I brought 100 lbs of pistol brass got .60 cents a pound for it and seeing as the price for non ferus metals has gone nuts you should get a tidy sum for it.

April 15, 2007, 02:00 PM
Yes you can get good money for bad brass and a five gallon bucket wieghs out pretty good. I also was talking to somebody that told me they got $30 for a one gallon bucket of spent primers. I save my old primers in a one gallon paint can. I have about 3000 primers in the can and it just barely covers the bottom. I hate to think how long it will take to fill it.

April 15, 2007, 02:34 PM

Oh, about 8 months for a 3 pound coffee can full of primers...............


April 15, 2007, 06:21 PM
Should I be separating scrap cases and scrap primers? Or is it OK just to throw them in one scrap brass bucket.

April 15, 2007, 08:29 PM
My scrap guy will take them mixed, but you might want to ask your local scrap guy what he prefers. I got 75 cents a pound the last time for mixed.

Navy Vet

April 15, 2007, 10:10 PM
I keep the primers and brass separate, just so they can see what they are and run their magnet through them. When they weigh them out, they empty them all into the same bin, but I let them do that.

Hope this helps.


April 15, 2007, 10:13 PM
Dang it! I've been saving unuseable brass, but I throw the primers away. :banghead: Guess that will change! :D

Smokey Joe
April 16, 2007, 09:51 AM
Kansas45--Yep, same here. I've started a "primer bucket" alongside my brass buckets. The primers fill the bucket much more slowly, but OTOH, there will be more brass and less air in that bucket when I sell it.

BTW, that is one bucket I am VERY careful not to accidentally dump while handling!! :D

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